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Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Illusionists can do amazing things that can cause a crowd to gasp in wonder.  Some of the tricks they do have been seen for generations, and yet the mystery of how it is done still eludes most of us.

In life, there are those things that happen that don’t seem to make sense.  In those moments, the most common question is “why”?  Tragedies and sudden sorrows seem so intrusive, cruel, and inexplicable when a really kind, loving, and good person or family is hit with something that seemingly makes no sense. In our finite understanding, we believe that a “good” person should not have to deal with such horrific grief.  Feeble in our attempts to offer solace and comfort, trite phrases will be repeated that are of little comfort and can be resented by the person that stands brokenhearted.

Scripture reminds us “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family! The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel, “How could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him,” he accused. “The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.” “Things aren’t always what they seem,” the older angel replied. “When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn’t find it.”

“Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife ……. I gave him the cow instead … Things aren’t always what they seem.”

Sometimes we get upset when things don’t go the way we expect them to go. Always continue to have faith! Trust that every outcome is always to your advantage in the long run. You might not know it until sometime later. When things go badly, just remember: Things aren’t always what they seem!  (Copied).